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TITLE: Roots : [videorecording] Warner Bros Production; directed by David Greene; based on a book by Alex Halley.
PUBLISHED: CA : Warner Bros Television, [?]
DESCRIPTION: 4 videodisc (573 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
NOTES: DVD has movie on every side (Reverse side).
NOTES: Based on Alex Haley's best selling novel that follows a black man's search for his heritage.
NOTES: [Disc I: Episode I] -- In Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the countryside seize him. Chained with other captives, Kunta begins an agonized odyssey to the New World -- [Disc I: Episode II] -- Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage and Kunta Kinte endures the indignity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler , the slave in charge of Kunta's training, becomes his only friend - a friendship that's tested when Kunta plans an escape so he can be with Fanta -- [Disc II: Episode III] -- In 1776, a nation fights for freedom..but not for all. Kunta Kinte escapes again and is crippled by slave cathcers. He marries, gains a daughter and loses his long-time friend Fiddler. Another chance for escape arises, but Kunta sacrifices it to care for his wife and the newborn he names Kizzy, an African word for "stay put" -- [Disc II: Episode IV] -- At age 16, Kizzy is sold and bears her new master's son, who grows up to become fun-loving Chicken George. Yearning to see her parents, Kizzy is comforted by Samuel Bennett, but they are ill-matched. When she returns to her birthplace, Kizzy learns of her parents' fates ; Episode V -- Chicken George is sent to England as payment for his owner's gambling debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man, a status that has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte. The Civil War erupts; at last the era of slavery draws to an end -- [Disc III: Episode VI] -- The Civil War is over but night riders terrorize ex-slaves. By marking his clients' horseshoes, Tom identifies the raiders but endangers his own life. Chicken George, who fought for the Union, rejoins his family. He leads them to a new home in Tennessee -- [Disc III: Disc IV] -- Crossing over: how roots captivated an entire nation.
NOTES: Music by Quincy Jones; director of photography; executive producer, David L. Wolper; casting by Lynn Stalmaster; film editor, Neil Travis; associate producer by, Malcolm Alper, Donald A. Ramsey; directed by David Greene.
NOTES: Maya Angelou, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Moses Gunn, Thalmus Rasulala, Harry Rhodes, William Watson, Ren Woods, Edward Asner, O.J. Simpson, Ralph Waite.
NOTES: A story of a boy who was kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, passing on his tale across generations until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley.
NOTES: English with French and Spanish subtitles.
NOTES: Based on the book by Alex Halley.
SUBJECT: Afro-Americans-- Biography.
SUBJECT: Blacks -- Biography.
ADDED ENTRY: David Greene.
ADDED ENTRY: Alex Halley.
ADDED ENTRY: Warner Bros Television.

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